52 mi- 8 hours
We hauled our rides to Lake Pleasant, and drove up the Castle Hot Springs Road. In about 8 miles you will find a large staging / camping area. This is where we unloaded and started our rise in elevation and outstanding sights.
The road that we started out on is pretty good most of the way. It does require 4 wheel drive for a vehicle. We reached a high elevation where the pine trees grow. It is cooler up here. There are numerous homes and business in Crown King. There are some Bed & Breakfast here also. Which would be a good way to see the area, since it takes 8 hrs round trip, including lunch.